This post contains affiliate links. I can’t believe we’re already almost halfway through the year!  I am making steady progress on mosts of my goals, but there are some I haven’t worked on yet, so I need to get busy!

This year I decided to arrange my goals differently.  Every week, I set weekly goals and share how I did on those goals.  I think of them as micro goals.  Then, once a month, I’ll update you on my yearly goals.  This is my fifth monthly update post.

My Goals for 2021
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Concrete Goals

Read 26 Books

This goal is 69% accomplished.  As of the end of May, I had read 18 books in 2021:

Isobel Kuhn

The Giver of Stars (review coming soon!)

Later (review coming soon!)

Right Cross

Betty Greene: Wings to Serve

When Breath Becomes Air

Under the Tulip Tree

Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society

The Institute

The Rosie Project

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

A Higher Call,

Elisabeth Elliott: Joyful Surrender,

Forty Autumns,

Blood & Silver,

When We Meet Again,

Charles Mulli,

The Book of Lost Friends,

Complete Half of The Bible in a Year Program

This goal is 51% accomplished.  As of the end of May, I’d listened to 94 days of Father Mike Schmitz’s podcast, The Bible in a Year.  My goal is to complete 1/2 of this in 2021, though I must confess, I feel kind of lame as I see how many days “behind” I am compared to if I was trying to complete the entire program in a year..

Complete & Utilize Two Trainings for My Blog

This goal is 0% accomplished.

Live a Healthier Life

Sure, live a healthier life is vague, but here’s how I break it down:

Track my points on WW’s Green plan every day

Half accomplished in May.  Honestly, I’m not sure how to give this a percentage completed.  I’ll just say that in May, I tracked my WW points about half of the month.

Exercise at least five days a week

I burned this up in May!  I exercised in May!

Lose weight


I lost 3 pounds in May, so I’m now down 33 pounds total since I started losing weight last year.  I have to admit, this is the absolute slowest I’ve ever lost weight, but at least it is coming off slowly but surely.  I’m hoping once I recover from adrenal fatigue, the weight loss will happen more quickly.

Watch videos and read books on how to stop emotional eating

I really didn’t do this in May.  Instead, I listened to healthy lifestyle podcasts about adrenal fatigue, the benefits of walking, and SIBO, so I consider this one accomplished.

Find and Eliminate Time Wasters

This year I plan to be more efficient.  This means finding and ruthlessly eliminating time wasters.

In January, I found ways to reduce my time in the kitchen!

In February, I started limiting my social media time to 30 minutes a day.

In March and April, I had my kids taking cooking classes so they could cook a few times a week and give my husband and me a break!

In May, I rearranged my schedule with the kids’ help so that I have about two hours during the day to work rather than doing all my work on the weekend.

Research My Ancestry

This goal is 83% complete.  I’m loving this and will be sad when my subscription ends in June!  I found my first criminal in the family.  Good times, good times.

Declutter the House

This goal is 35% complete.  Working on it, working on it!  I’m spending time decluttering our bedroom, which is a huge project because that’s where all the clutter seems to land.

Complete Home Improvement Projects

This goal is 45% complete!  We’ve completed all of the indoor painting projects, and now we’ll take a break until the weather cools down in November:

Here are our completed projects:

The ugly livingroom:


The kids’ bathroom cabinets:

This year, we’d like to:

  • paint the livingroom,
  • paint the kids’ bathroom cupboards
  • paint the kitchen cupboards,
  • paint PB & J Girl’s ceiling,
  • replace the carpet,
  • replace the sliding glass door handle, and
  • paint the outside of the house

There’s more we’d like to do like replace some light fixtures, fix our rusty wrought iron gate, put in back splash, and replace our bathroom mirror, but we’ll wait on the other items.

Maybe Teach Bookworm to Drive

No progress on this one.  We offered to sign him up for driver’s training, but he first has to take the driver’s permit test, and he hasn’t done that.  We’re really just waiting on him at this point.

Overall, I’m happy with the progress I’ve made so far on my yearly goals.

What are your goals for 2021?  How much have you accomplished so far?

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